Congratulations Class of 2016

We'd like to congratulate all of our class of 2016! We are extremely proud of every single student graduating this year, many have overcome significant challenges to get where they are today and all have worked extremely hard to ensure they graduate on time. 

One of our more unusual graduation stories this year is Xena. Xena is graduating from her high school a year early after fulfilling requirements ahead of time, she's looking forward to a year of personal development and preparation for college. Read what she had to say about her path below:

Xena at Pie Day 2015

Xena at Pie Day 2015

"This September when all of my friends wake up at 7am to go to school, I’ll be able to stay in bed for a lot longer than them. I’ll also have more time to explore my future desires toward my grown up life. Because I graduated a year earlier than my scheduled graduation year, this 2016-2017 I can take a break to find myself and occupy my days in figuring out where I want to be in the next few years. This is something big, rarely do we have the opportunity to analyze ourselves and the decisions we take as we grow… most of the time, my decisions were based upon my parent’s desires.

In my freshman year I attended a school with terrible students and with teachers that were worse than the students. I thought that being there had no promise in my future. However, I did in fact receive a benefit from that school. I graduated early because I collected more credits in a bad school than I could have in another school. When I met Project Rousseau I was a step away to give up my education in that school. Project Rousseau and all the staff were a motivation for me after coming out of a miserable day at school. I can always rely on Project Rousseau as the greatest non-existent school there could ever be. Project Rousseau first started helping me through community service which gave me independency, sympathy and care.

Then, I furthered my personal development through the SAT summer courses that Project Rousseau offered 3 times a week for at least 3 hours with extra tools such as crash course videos, anecdotes from history, analogies of books, movies life events and so much more. SAT prepimproved my reading and analytical skills of other texts at my school specifically in my English class - my English teacher chose my essay as an example for the rest of the class! Whenever I had a test or wanted to be ahead of the U.S. history class, I would stay up all night watching crash course videos that I had seen in the Project Rousseau classes. 

Moreover, I had the amazing experience to travel abroad to two different countries. Being in different countries made me value how essential education can be. For example, in certain countries you can’t work in any job if you don’t have a high school diploma. Also, in many countries the Prime Ministers come from high background education and recognized universities. In other countries, the only option for someone to have an income is through an education unlike America, which highly supports sports and the arts.

Xena in Blackwells Bookshop, Oxford on our London Exchange 2016

Xena in Blackwells Bookshop, Oxford on our London Exchange 2016

The immense broadened vision I was having about education due to the support and opportunities Project Rousseau opened for me, gave me a huge motivation to step up my credits in school. After speaking with my guidance counsellor she gave me the news that I would be able to graduate a year earlier. I was truly ahead in my credits and graduated this 2016 with more credits than I would regularly be expected to.

I wanted to graduate earlier to explore more about life and other places in order to be sure of what I wanted to do in the years ahead of me. I also wanted to have more time in my applications for college and spend more days in the offices of Project Rousseau to expand my personal progress and learn more about everything that surrounds the world."